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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.                309

where I saw little hope of saving the ship. The
moon shone bright, the wind was moderate, and
the sea calm. The round mountain of Spanish
Town, which I had sketched the preceding day,
appeared to the south-west, at a great distance.

We cut away our mainmast and threw our
guns and ballast overboard. The ship remained
immovable, and the anchor carried out could not
bring her off; but she made no water.

We went off, as I told you, in the jolly-boat,
to procure assistance, not knowing where to find
inhabitants, or what rocks and shoals we might
meet with; but violent squalls came on, and we
durst not hoist our sail. Drenched with rain,
our men harassed, and our boat filling with water,
I almost lost the hope of escaping ourselves.

However, after many hours' labour and slow
progress, we reached land; but an iron reef pre-
vented our landing, and neither man, beast nor
habitation appeared in sight. The sea ran moun-
tains high, and the rain drowned us.

Happily, we saw a boat standing towards us,
and making signals. It conducted us through a
channel into North Sound, Spanish Town, a
beautiful large bay, crowned with high mountains,
covered with cotton bushes, but very few houses.
At one of these we landed, and, as soon as